What is good for our teeth is good for our whole body. That is why our teeth are a great barometer for overall health. Thus, it is not surprising that vitamin K2 has benefits for the entire body.
Unived’s K2-7-veg is formulated with vitamin K2 (as Menaquinone-7 (MK7)) derived from fermented chickpeas. Menaquinone-7 (MK7) is a highly bioavailable form of vitamin K2. Each serving delivers 100mcg of vitamin K2-7 and 240mg of organic USDA certified spirulina. Spirulina is a potent superfood that is abundant in iron, B vitamins, and antioxidants. Vitamin K2-7 and organic spirulina complement each other to provide cardiovascular health & immunity support, facilitate calcium absorption and utilisation, and promote healthy ageing. Unived’s K2-7-veg is 100% natural, vegan, and non-GMO.
What is Vitamin K
Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin that is not synthesised by the body. This makes it essential to get vitamin K through your diet or health supplements. Vitamin K’s main role is to facilitate calcium absorption, and support heart and kidney function.
There are however, two forms of vitamin K: vitamin K1 & vitamin K2. Vitamin K1 is known as phylloquinone and is mostly found in plant foods like leafy green vegetables (spinach, kale, etc.). Most of us consume enough K1 through our diet. While vitamin K1 helps with blood clotting and other blood disorders, vitamin K2’s function is different and is more bioavailable than vitamin K1.
Vitamin K2 referred to as menaquinone, and its main roles are to support calcium metabolism and prevent calcification of the arteries. Only some fermented foods like some cheeses and other animal products contain vitamin K2. So, if you are a vegan, your vitamin K2 consumption is nill, unless of course, you eat Japanese natto beans. Because vitamin K2 is a group of menaquinone compounds (MK), each MK is associated with unique benefits. They range from MK-4 to MK-13. Some supplements in the market use MK-4, which is synthetic and has a very short half-life in the body. On the other hand, MK-7 is the most biologically active and bioavailable of vitamin K2 by having the highest biological half-life in the body. This means it stays longer in your body, resulting in more stable levels in the body. MK-7 is found fermented natto beans, made from soybeans. Making it vegan-friendly too!
Vitamin K Deficiency
Vitamin K deficiency occurs when you either consume less vitamin K than you need, or you can’t absorb enough from your diet. The amount of vitamin K that you are able to absorb from your diet is related to the intestinal bacteria that you have, so your level of vitamin K can drop greatly depending on your overall health, especially your gut/digestive health.
Symptoms of deficiency include excessive bleeding that won’t stop easily, though this could also be caused by other things and should be evaluated by a physician. Although you might not be deficient in vitamin K, it is possible that you aren’t getting enough vitamin K to help prevent heart disease and bone disorders like osteoporosis.
For this reason, it is important you get the appropriate amount of vitamin K your body needs.